De Beers Group is preparing to pilot GemFair, a digital solution that aims to connect artisanal miners to the global market.

Our Promise

GemFair seeks to foster economic development for artisanal miners by providing them with:

Traceability

Miners create a digital record of the diamonds they find.

Empowerment

Miners are trained by GemFair and can access tutorials prepared by leading diamond experts.

Fair Value

Miners receive fair value for their diamonds.

Our Solution

GemFair is developing a tailored technology that includes an app and dedicated tablet, supported by a diamond toolkit. This solution seeks to enable the digital tracking of artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds throughout the supply chain.

Questions

We welcome any feedback and questions on our programme. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please email us at hello@gemfair.com, and we will get back to you shortly.

  • What is GemFair?keyboard_arrow_down

    GemFair is a pilot project that aims to create a secure and transparent route to market for ethically-sourced artisanal and small-scale mined diamonds. By providing artisanal and small-scale miners with access to the global market and offering fair prices, GemFair hopes to improve miners’ livelihoods and foster the sector’s development as a credible and trusted source of diamond supply.

    For the pilot, GemFair is partnering with the NGO to ensure that participating mine sites abide by a set of audited ethical standards known as the , as well as additional standards specific to the GemFair business model.

    GemFair’s proposed solution combines dedicated software (an app) and hardware (diamond toolkit) that seeks to enable the digital tracking of ASM diamonds throughout the supply chain and addresses key challenges and risks relating to artisanal mining activity. The pilot will initially run in Sierra Leone, where the Government has already made significant progress in formalising the artisanal mining sector and where a number of artisanal mine sites are already participating in DDI’s Maendeleo Diamond Standards programme.

  • Why is GemFair engaging with artisanal diamond mining?keyboard_arrow_down

    The artisanal diamond mining sector employs an estimated 1.5 million people in developing countries. Although the task is challenging, GemFair believes that the artisanal mining sector should be recognised and included into the international trade. The aim of this project is to support the sector’s drive for formalisation and contribute to its development.

  • Why are you starting in Sierra Leone and not elsewhere?keyboard_arrow_down

    The Government of Sierra Leone has made great strides in formalising the ASM sector, and we believe that GemFair can offer an unprecedented opportunity to take this process to the next level. Our decision to pilot the project in Sierra Leone was also driven by the fact that our partner DDI has already made a significant progress in improving standards with their cooperating mine sites there.

  • I would like GemFair to come to my country. What can I do?keyboard_arrow_down

    If the pilot is successful in Sierra Leone, GemFair will be looking to expand to other African countries. If you are a government official, a donor or an NGO and would like to speak to the GemFair team, please get in touch.

  • How will GemFair have a positive impact on development?keyboard_arrow_down

    GemFair aims to empower miners by teaching them about diamond valuation and improving their livelihoods by offering them a consistently better deal. GemFair will focus on supporting the Government and other development stakeholders in bringing traceability to the supply chain and formalising the ASM-sector using an innovative digital solution. We will be measuring our impact rigorously through qualitative and quantitative surveys as well as various monitoring and evaluation activities.

  • What standards are you using to ensure that mine sites are indeed ethical, and which NGO partners do you work with?keyboard_arrow_down

    For the pilot, we will be working with the applying its well as additional standards specific to the GemFair business model, to certify ethical mine sites that can participate in the GemFair programme.

  • What technology are you using?keyboard_arrow_down

    We are developing a tailored technology solution to meet the needs of those in the ASM sector, with dedicated hardware and software. These have been designed to meet the ASM sector’s particular requirements, both in terms of being practical (weatherproof, hard-wearing, functioning in different light conditions) and risk-mitigating (featuring digitally supported bag-and-tag equipment and GPS location of diamonds). If proven successful, the technology used in GemFair will be integrated into the industry blockchain platform De Beers is currently developing, providing an added layer of assurance for ASM production.

  • Does GemFair also trace other minerals, such as gemstones and gold?keyboard_arrow_down

    The pilot will focus exclusively on diamonds. However, with minor tweaks to the software, the solution could potentially be used for other minerals in the future.

  • Will GemFair allow artisanal miners to participate in the blockchain De Beers is developing?keyboard_arrow_down

    We are developing a tailored technology solution to meet the needs of those in the ASM sector, with dedicated hardware and software. These have been designed to meet the ASM sector’s particular requirements, both in terms of being practical (weatherproof, hard-wearing, functioning in different light conditions) and risk-mitigating (featuring digitally supported bag-and-tag equipment and GPS location of diamonds). Over time, we intend to integrate this solution with the diamond industry blockchain De Beers Group is working on, adding an extra layer of security.

Opportunities

GemFair is a digital solution that connects artisanal miners to global markets. Financially backed by the De Beers Group, GemFair is a dynamic and fast-growing startup that is well positioned to become a game changer in a market primed for innovation and to integrate with the De Beers Group's industry leading blockchain technology.

Join us on our mission to create equal opportunities for all by supporting artisanal mining and unlocking global markets.

  • Business Development Managerkeyboard_arrow_down

    As the Business Development Manager (BDM), you are based in London and your main goal is to expand the project, on the commercial side of the venture but also its general organisation. This role comprises a wide range of operational topics: stakeholder engagement, partnerships, company strategy and financial forecasting, supporting our leadership team to enable our venture to scale at pace. As GemFair is looking to scale quickly, the role will likely involve frequent travel to both Sierra Leone and other nations across Africa.

    Responsibilities

    • Create a go-to-market strategy and roll-out plan:
      • Define and execute the plan to reach users and scale the business
      • Identify and validate relevant markets and expansion opportunities for the venture
      • Engage with a series of stakeholders from Governments, NGOs, international organisations and private sector
      • Drive partnerships to support growth across the business in collaboration with the venture’s leadership team
    • Track financials:
      • Define, monitor and report on key business and commercial success metrics
      • Celebrate successes and balance opportunities for improvement
    • Set up processes according to the ever evolving needs of the company:
      • Finance: work on banking set up, budget process
      • Legal: liaise with external counsel on various subjects for the business (e.g. export requirements)
      • HR: contribute to recruitment

    Desired

    • Management consultancy or relevant banking or startup experience highly beneficial
    • Experience in financial modelling highly recommended
    • Experience in developing country strongly encouraged

    Requirements

    • Sustained presentation creation and presentation experience
    • Ability to work across various levels of commercial partnerships
    • Proven commercial acumen and financial knowledge
    • Strong interest in Africa and willingness to travel to remote places

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Back End Engineerkeyboard_arrow_down

    As a Back End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the backend infrastructure and architectural decisions to build and scale GemFair beyond the pilot in Sierra Leone. As one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Our Stack

    • Python 3.6
    • PostgreSQL
    • SqlAlchemy/Alembic
    • GraphQL

    Responsibilities

    • Implement scalable and maintainable backend services
    • Build smooth and stable products
    • Build solid APIs to support frontend
    • Utilize a pro-active and responsive approach to problem-solving
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • Proficient in Python (2 years)
    • Experience with PostgreSQL or MySQL
    • Cloud experience: AWS (or similar)
    • Experience with automated testing
    • Experience with devops and automated deployments
    • Prefer libraries to frameworks

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Front End Engineer (Mobile)keyboard_arrow_down

    As a Front End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the frontend development on all mobile products that are both internal and external facing, such as the field app that miners use to register artisanal diamonds from the mine. GemFair will soon pilot in Sierra Leone, and as one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of our Android tablet app
    • Develop robust offline first experience
    • Improve our build process and deployment
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Some exposure to designing / building offline first mobile applications

    Requirements

    • 2+ years of experience as a mobile and/or web interface developer
    • Experience using React Native to build great mobile applications
    • Some exposure to designing / building offline first mobile applications
    • Experience with state management libraries such as Redux or Mobx
    • Experience of JavaScript ES6
    • Excited to learn and develop personally

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Front End Engineer (Web)keyboard_arrow_down

    As a Front End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the frontend development on all web-based products, including internal operation tools as well as external-facing websites. GemFair will soon pilot in Sierra Leone, and as one of the employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of our internal web applications
    • Improve our build process and deployment
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • 2+ years of experience as a mobile and/or web interface developer
    • Experience using React to build great web applications
    • Experience with state management libraries such as Redux or Mobx
    • Experience of JavaScript ES6
    • Excited to learn and develop personally
    • Experience of automated testing

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

We are always looking for talented and passionate people to join our team. If you don't see an open position for the role that you are interested in, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to jobs@gemfair.com.

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